Greenly Center to be dedicated

For Immediate Release:  May 29, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Duane and Sue Greenly will join with officials from Bloomsburg University and the BU Foundation to officially dedicate the Greenly Center on Friday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m.

The dedication ceremony will be held in the first-floor classrooms of the center, located at 50 E. Main St. An open house from 2:30 to 4 p.m. will include tours of the building. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

The 44,700-square-foot Greenly Center is home to the Bloomsburg University Foundation. It also houses a first-floor art gallery, space for the university’s Office of Corporate and Continuing Education staff, classrooms for BU’s mini-courses, a 40-seat computer lab and a demonstration kitchen. In the future, the third floor may provide space for local businesses or organizations. Future plans also include offering credit-based courses and programs for traditional and non-traditional adult students in the center.

BU President David Soltz said construction of the $8.25 million building, the university’s first permanent presence in the downtown, responds to local residents’ requests for BU to become part of the Town of Bloomsburg’s main business district. The Greenly Center is expected to bring an additional 4,000 to 5,000 visitors downtown annually.

Duane Greenly, a Bloomsburg native, and his wife, Sue Basar Greenly, earned bachelor’s degrees from BU in 1972. Two years ago, the Mechanicsburg couple donated $1 million to construct the Greenly Center to house the BU Foundation’s staff, including meeting rooms and the student call center.

A member of BU Foundation Board of Directors, Duane Greenly said, “Sue and I had the desire to help the foundation and move the university ahead. The site downtown is just great and we see the extra benefit of this building as a revitalization seed.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.